5 reasons to kick off 2018 with a Rooftop Bar

How else to begin the year than by drinking yourself silly? By doing it with a wicked view, of course.

Brisbane has finally caught up with Melbourne’s raging rooftop culture, with new bars soaring to new heights (literally) in the CBD and inner suburbs.

With quirky names like Sixteen Antlers, Up on Constance, Elixir and Fitz + Potts, Brisbane’s bars have never been more enticing. From the street, a passerby might glimpse a string of fairy lights or the odd wall plant, but there’s nothing preparing them for the true beauty of these hotspots. You’ll just have to visit them in person, and here’s five reasons why:

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1. Drinking with altitude 

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DAYUM those views. Soak up the sunset from the to-die-for vantage point Up on Constance offers, and then stay up late with the stars. The cocktail venue is located on the top level of Fortitude Valley’s Tryp Hotel, so promises panoramic views of the Valley streets far, far below. To top it off, order a glass of sparkling rosé (or whatever your choice of poison) and you’ll be feeling on top of the world in no time.

2. Dressing up 

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With places like Eleven insisting upon a strict dress code (cocktail dresses for the ladies and button-ups for the men), you finally have an excuse to glam up! Grab a few friends and enjoy the night before it’s even started by getting ready together… Those city skylines are definitely Instagram-worthy, and you’ll want to be shining your brightest!

3. Jamming to live music

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Choose the right night and you might be lucky enough to catch some groovy tunes from up top. Every Friday and Saturday night Sixteen Antlers house an on-point DJ who, according to their Insta, ‘sets the mood just right.’ If that extra cocktail has you thinking you’d be far more impressive than the DJ himself, head on over to Little Big House for a karaoke sesh. It’s time to polish off those vocals!

4. Meeting new people 

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A secret stairway in the middle of Grey Street leads up to the Rydges Hotel’s Soleil pool bar, a Brisbane hotspot for mingling with new and interesting folk. Why Soleil in particular, you’re asking? Because of the enormously lavish pool taking up centrepiece! When you’re stuck for a conversation starter, focus on the elephant in the room… or the water on the deck, and you’re good for gold. Apart from that, rooftop bars make meeting strangers a whole lot easier when you’re relaxed with a wine in hand and a gorgeous view spread before you.

5. Pfft… You never need a reason to party! 

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Whether or not you have an excuse to let your hair out, from ending the work week to a special date night, you can never go wrong with a rooftop bar. They offer up the full package: views, alcohol, good tunes & new pals, so there really is no better way to kick off 2018!

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 *Images sourced online

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Cat-calling is not (cl)awesome

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I’m not one of those ‘crazy feminist lasses who think every man is the spawn of satan himself,’ but lately the concept of guys verbally abusing gals has been circling around my brain. The older I grow, the more I notice the position of women in society and how sometimes the relationship between the two sexes is simply an inherent part of our culture. Something that I can’t even begin to understand, however, is the notion of cat-calling.

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Best of Bali

Bali boasts an endless plethora of activities to engage in, whether it’s exploring their unique culture, spending time with locals or simply settling into a relaxing lifestyle on the beach. There’s so much more on this list I haven’t mentioned, from bartering at the markets to enjoying cheap massages or even taking surfing lessons on the beach (I recommend all three). But for now, here’s a list of the top ten things to do in Bali.

(To read about a more extensive and in-depth experience in Bali, you can dive into my travel journal here.) 

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Emma’s European Escapade

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“Did I ever tell you about the time I went to France?”

 
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Emma returned from an extravagant adventure around Europe with a lifetime of memories, a storybook of inimitable experiences and a treasured collection of breathtaking photographs. (Also with enough Harry Potter merchandise from the London studios to last me a lifetime! Thanks to Emma, I am now the proud owner of Gryffindor socks, a butterbeer mug, Hermione’s wand and a Gryffindor pin) Read on to catch a glimpse of Europe through Emma’s lens, and to discover her perspective on the cultural cities she visited.
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“The road trip from Edinburgh to Glasgow was my favourite part of the trip.
It was sort of a break from running from one place to the next, not only that but it was easily the most peaceful part of the trip. Plus the Scottish countryside is the most beautiful thing. It wasn’t boring though because out the window was always something new, a small village or a snow topped hill, always a new moment to capture on camera. I was basically glued to the side window and had to fight for the front seat views. There were also a few moments when there was no one else on the road, and it was easier to appreciate the peacefulness of the Scottish countryside. Those moments are part of why I want to go back so badly.
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Paris is so rich with cultural history that it’s hard not to spend hours in the many art museums that surround the city. The Musée de l’Orangerie was probably my favourite, mostly because parts of the museum were built around the artwork. Monet’s Water Lilies were a majestic example of how much Monet influenced the architecture. The compositions are all the same height (1.97m) but differ in length so that they could be hung across the curved walls of two egg-shaped rooms. This museum was also where I bought my pop-up Paris book, which I still cherish very much.”

 

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“The pace is faster in Europe; everything seems to be happening at once in the same place and you always seem to be in the middle of it. That description doesn’t make much sense until you’ve been to a huge city. It truly is a unique experience. There is a certain energy that came with Europe that’s hard to explain; but it’s nothing like it is in Australia. Though, sometimes when it’s a particularly chilly morning as I sit and wait for my bus in the CBD, it provides small glimpses of what it was like to be standing still in the midst of a hurricane of people. There’s also snow.”

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Follow more adventures on Emma’s Instagram
 

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5 Favourites: GOMA

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Early one Saturday morning, myself and 32 other art students gathered in Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) awaiting the grand opening of our Creative Generation exhibition. The whole experience of seeing my artwork hung on the white walls of the most prestigious art gallery in Australia was completely surreal and overwhelming. It just goes to show that if you have the determination and passion, ANYTHING is achievable.  Continue reading “5 Favourites: GOMA”